The Islamic Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program have committed to providing grants of $1 million and $1,4 million, respectively, to fund disaster relief and recovery efforts in Central Sulawesi. (Photo courtesy of UNDP Indonesia)

IsDB and UNDP to Provide Combined $2.4m for Disaster Relief in Central Sulawesi

BY :TELLY NATHALIA

OCTOBER 16, 2018

Jakarta. The Islamic Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program have committed to providing grants of $1 million and $1,4 million, respectively, to fund disaster relief and recovery efforts in Central Sulawesi.

The $1 million provided by the IsDB will be used to fund essentials, such as water, food, medicines and temporary shelter, the multilateral development finance institution said in a statement on Friday.

"I am also pleased to offer our pledge to work in the recovery phase, in close coordination with the concerned line ministries and the national provincial agencies," IsDB president Bandar Hajjar said, as quoted in the statement.

More than 2,000 people have died and 600 are still missing following the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Palu and Donggala in Central Sulawesi on Sept. 28, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said last week.

The IsDB made its announcement during the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum in Bali last week, while separately, the UNDP said it planned to launch a cash-for-work program to clean debris in the affected areas, in partnership with the central and regional governments and nongovernmental organizations.

The UN agency said this will form part of a nearly $1.4 million early recovery and relief program to assist affected communities. The program is expected to employ up to 3,500 people and impact more than 15,000 people who were directly affected by the disaster.

"Debris removal is one the most critical components of a relief operation. Our immediate actions for debris management and community infrastructure will prioritize areas that are critical for ensuring uninterrupted access to humanitarian assistance," UNDP Indonesia country director, Christophe Bahuet, said in a separate statement on Thursday last week.

The agency is launching the program in coordination with related government institutions, including the BNPB.

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